Heart Failure Affects More Than 5.8 Million Patients

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Heart failure affects more than 5.8 million patients in the United States. There are an increase number of patient’s family members who provide care at home to patient that has heart failure. The emphasis on self –management for patients with heart failure requires more time and energy from the patient’s family caregivers to adherence the therapeutic regimen. Some family caregivers face challenges such as financial, social, and emotional problem. During the course of the disease, patients with heart failure experience repeated episodes of acute exacerbation that require emergency treatment or hospitalization. In previous studies caregivers lower income status; more hours of caregiving, and patients’ lower functional status were associated with a higher caregiver burden. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men. About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 370,000 people annually (Hwang, 2011). In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 43 seconds. Each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.2 Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics, and whites. For Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders and
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